Pietro Gianni and chef Michael Patrick, the owners of Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante in Buckhead, finally open Forza Storico on Thursday, October 3, at Westside Provisions District. Slang for “let’s do this,” their new Italian restaurant serves what Patrick calls “Rome’s greatest hits” like porchetta, saltimbocca, and pasta carbonara.
Located in the former Little Bacch space beneath chef Zeb Stevenson’s Redbird, the menu at Forza Storico also includes two popular dishes found at Storico Fresco: the cacio e pepe and the fried squash blossoms stuffed with mozzarella and ricotta. A rotisserie herb marinated quail, braised oxtail, and bone-in short rib are among the non-pasta entrees on the menu.
Look for weekly specials like “gnocchi Thursday”, featuring a rotating selection of gnocchi, as well as 35 Italian beers and nearly 60 wines focusing on Campania, Puglia, Sicily, and Umbria in central and southern Italy. As for cocktails, expect classics such as the negroni, along with spritzes, aperitivos, and digestivos.
“Romans have a unique view on life, and we’re trying to reflect this mindset at Forza Storico by showing guests how food and wine are treated in this part of Italy,” Patrick says in the press release.
Froza Storico’s layout is half bar and half dining room, and includes 180 seats inside and on the covered patio. Unlike Storico Fresco, the Westside Provisions restaurant does not include a market selling its fresh made pastas.
Patrick and Gianni have gained a loyal following at Storico Fresco since opening four years ago along Grandview Avenue in a nondescript retail strip in Buckhead. Their restaurant-market churns out daily pastas for purchase and simple pasta dishes in the dining room paired with a tight Italian-based wine list.
Forza Storico plans to open for dinner only during its first few weeks. Lunch is expected to begin early next year.
In addition to Redbird, Forza Storico joins two other new Westside Provisions restaurants: “modern Israeli” restaurant Aziza and Falafel Nation from Tal Baum of Ponce City Market’s Bellina Alimentari.
Check back soon for an Eater Atlanta inside look at the design and food at Forza Storico.
Open Tuesday - Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Kitchen opens for food at 5 p.m.
Update, October 2, 4:15 p.m.: This story was updated with new information, including hours and seating arrangement.
1198 Howell Mill Road Suite 020, Atlanta. forzastorico.com.